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Thursday
May212015

IMB opens door to new pathways for service

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Citing urgency for reaching a lost world and unity with the Baptist Faith and Message, International Mission Board (IMB) trustees streamlined guidelines for appointing new personnel to fulfill their missionary calling at its May 12-13 trustee meeting in Louisville, Ky.

PlattGod is worthy of the worship of all people, yet billions have yet to hear the good news of the gospel, IMB President David Platt has reiterated to Southern Baptists since being elected in 2014. In February 2015, trustees approved a simplified structure with the goal of empowering limitless teams of missionaries to make disciples and multiply churches among unreached people, explained Platt.

Toward this end, the IMB aims to provide multiple pathways in which missionaries may serve on these teams, and each will involve specific qualifications, said Platt. The newly revised policy creates a unified statement of qualifications that will characterize every missionary serving through any pathway created by IMB to mobilize Southern Baptists to share the gospel with unreached people.

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Friday
May152015

Will Hall to lead Louisiana's Baptist Message

ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) – By unanimous vote, trustees of the Baptist Message, newsjournal of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, elected Will Hall as editor of the state newspaper and digital media outlet.

David Hankins, executive director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, also named Hall director of the office of public affairs for the state convention.

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Friday
May152015

'We cannot stop speaking,' Allen tells MBTS grads

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) – Graduates, families and friends gathered in Daniel Lee Chapel for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's 57th commencement exercises launching newly trained Gospel ministers into service.

In all, 109 students graduated, encompassing five diplomas in Christian ministry and 27 undergraduate, 58 graduate and 19 doctoral degrees.

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Friday
May152015

Serve the ‘children of light,’ Mohler tells grads

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – God calls ministers of the Gospel to affirm the church and serve its members faithfully, R. Albert Mohler Jr. said in the commencement address to graduates of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

During commencement exercises on the seminary lawn, 297 master's and doctorate students received their degrees May 14. A week earlier, 107 Boyce College graduates received certificate, associate and bachelor's degrees in a commencement that marked the first time a child of a Southern Seminary president, Christopher Mohler, graduated from the institution.

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Friday
May152015

Nepalese Baptist pastor in U.S. aids homeland

BUFFALO, N.Y. (BP) – As Nepal works to recover from two massive earthquakes within 17 days, a Nepalese Southern Baptist church planter in Buffalo, N.Y. is readying to travel to his homeland to help those in need, including his three sisters left homeless.

Purna "John" Tamang, pastor of Saransthan International Fellowship, said his sisters are living in tents in Kathmandu and other communities. Tamang described them as Christians telling others of Jesus Christ.

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